Defenses change throughout the season, and sometimes we miss out on a team getting better or worse before it’s too late. Below are a few thoughts from last week’s games.
The Falcons went off on Kyle Allen, and that was after punching the Saints in the mouth the week before. The changes they’ve made defensively seem to be paying off, and we might need to adjust how we see their defense moving forward.
Taking on Jameis Winston again yielded high fantasy points, as the Saints were the latest team to take the turnovers he gave away.
The Ravens are back to full health in their secondary, and that has been a significant difference in their play of late. They’re near must-start status now.
The Patriots aren’t putting up their 20 fantasy points a game but are still playing extremely well. They’re likely the MVP of your team if you were savvy enough to grab them in your draft.
The Panther started strong this season, but have hit the skids of late. They’re no longer a strong play, especially with Kyle Allen regressing and giving teams short fields.
D/ST Ranking Tiers
We have a reasonably stout Tier 1 this week, with the Ravens taking on the shell of Jared Goff, the Steelers matching up with rookie Ryan Finley, and the Saints facing Kyle Allen and his merry band of receivers. These are all strong defense facing weak quarterbacks.
I’m going to try to not go overboard on the Falcons D/ST, but after two strong performances, they face Jameis Winston and his continuous threat of giving the ball to the other team.
The Patriots get their second-toughest test of the season with the Cowboys in Foxboro. Playing at home helps, but the Cowboys allow the fewest sacks in the league and are playing well offensively.
D/ST Rankings, Week 12
|1||Baltimore Ravens||@ LAR|
|2||Pittsburgh Steelers||@ CIN|
|3||New Orleans Saints||vs CAR|
|4||Buffalo Bills||vs DEN|
|5||Atlanta Falcons||vs TB|
|6||Oakland Raiders||@ NYJ|
|7||Cleveland Browns||vs MIA|
|8||Chicago Bears||vs NYG|
|9||Detroit Lions||@ WAS|
|10||Cincinnati Bengals||vs PIT|
|11||New England Patriots||vs DAL|
|12||New York Giants||@ CHI|
|13||Denver Broncos||@ BUF|
|14||Tennessee Titans||vs JAC|
|15||Jacksonville Jaguars||@ TEN|
|16||Washington Redskins||vs DET|
|17||Miami Dolphins||@ CLE|
|18||Indianapolis Colts||@ HOU|
|19||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||@ ATL|
|20||Dallas Cowboys||@ NE|
|21||San Francisco 49ers||vs GB|
|22||New York Jets||vs OAK|
|23||Carolina Panthers||@ NO|
|24||Philadelphia Eagles||vs SEA|
|25||Houston Texans||vs IND|
|26||Los Angeles Rams||vs BAL|
|27||Green Bay Packers||@ SF|
|28||Seattle Seahawks||@ PHI|